Dino Tim to the rescue! A group of silly witches has kidnapped Tim's family. In this fast-paced game app, children (ages 3-6) capture stars and shapes that they bring to the good witch, so she can make a potion that will turn the witches into harmless animals and free the dinosaurs.
Available for download via the iTunes App Store and Google Store
Dino Tim, by Educagames, is available for both iOS and Android devices. A limited version of the app is free to try; unlimited playing time is available through an in-app purchase, which also removes the third party ads. The app comes with fourteen different language translations of the shape names, a bonus for families looking to purchase multi-lingual apps.
How the Game Works-
Dino Tim has three witches to battle. The good witch shows him the colored shape she needs for the freedom spell and sends Tim off in search of that shape. The first screen is a puzzle or matching activity that reinforces recognition of that shape. By clicking on the arrow, the child gets to the next screen, where Tim must fly around collecting the shapes, potions and power-ups, while avoiding the bombs and the gremlins that pop up along the way.
What Fun Educational Apps Liked-
The colorful graphics and gameplay in Dino Tim meet our expectations for a preschool game app. There are different levels of the puzzle activities for matching and reassembling the puzzle pieces. All of the cartoon characters are age appropriate and appealing to this age group. There are no directions, but blinking arrows indicate what to do.
Some of shapes are called by different names- the oval is called an ellipse, and the diamond is referred to as a rhombus, but these names are only incidental and not required for playing the game. During gameplay, the Dino Tim character moves vertically but not horizontally, which limits his ability to catch the shapes somewhat.
In a Nutshell-
Dino Tim offers preschoolers a shape matching activity within a game environment. The shapes that are targeted include square, circle, rectangle, triangle, rhombus (diamond), and ellipse (oval). The game is pretty easy to understand, but it takes patience to collect enough shapes to change the witches into animals.
At the time of the review, Dino Tim (the free version) contains third party ads; the ads are removed as part of the in-app purchase. There are links to the web, the App Store, and social media readily accessible on the home page. This may be a cause for concern for parents, who will need to monitor their children's use of the app.
Dino Tim: Learning games about colors, shapes and basic skills for school age kids and preschoolers is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal and Google Store for Android Devices
RRP - Free
Offers Ads and IAP
Review by Julie Peterson, an educator currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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